Overview of Tort Law
Tort law generally encompasses situations where an individual’s conduct causes harm to another. Torts are specific causes of action against individuals when a recognized statutory or common law right is violated. It is distinct from civil actions involving contract or family law. This chapter explores tort law and specific causes of action in tort. Specifically, it explains the three categories of tort — intentional torts, negligence, and strict liability torts — and the elements necessary for establishing liability under each. Lastly, it explains the types of damages available to plaintiff’s injured by a defendant’s tortious conduct and the defenses available to a defendant.
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